Fuel Management FAQs

With the rising cost of diesel fuel P3 Generator Services has more recently been asked about how to best maintain and protect the investment of fuel already in the tank.

This is good news as it means that our message about the importance of fuel management is resonating. However, we are discovering that there is a belief that simply adding a fuel stabilizer is enough. While this is certainly a part of it, it should not replace a more comprehensive fuel management plan.

Understanding the answers to these questions will help explain why:

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How to Prepare Your Generator for Any Weather Emergency

Generator Maintenance is a Team Sport.

Our goal at P3 Generator Services has never been to strike alarm or concern with every storm that could potentially hit our region. But with the recent effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now others churning across the Atlantic, it is clear that we are certainly in the throes of a very active tropical cyclone season.

The best advice that can be offered is to always be prepared regardless of the forecast.
Having a qualified service team that routinely inspects and maintains your generator system is your first line of defense. They will be able to identify and correct areas of concern long before problems arise.

We believe that educating and advising your facility maintenance staff on best practices for generator care is part of providing quality service.

No matter if it’s spring floods, summer electrical storms, fall hurricanes, or winter snow and ice, severe weather can happen anytime. Following these easy tips will ensure that when an emergency does cause a loss of power, you will be able to proudly weather any situation.

Here’s a short checklist to help your team prepare.

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Remembering the Northeast Blackout of 2003

Originally posted on 08/14/2017 (edited)

Are you better prepared today?

Today marks the anniversary of the Great Northeast Blackout of 2003
On August 14th, 2003, hot and humid weather conditions prevailed across the region straining utilities with the increased demand on electrical service. Shortly after 4 o’clock that afternoon, over-heated power lines in Ohio sagged into unpruned trees. The result triggered a massive power grid failure that stretched from Ontario, Canada and some mid-western states to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

This event, that left some without power for up to a week, caught electric distribution companies, government agencies, businesses, and individuals alike completely off guard. Were you one of them?

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TECH UPDATE: Avoid auto-exercising


As per the EPA, emergency and stand-by generators are prohibited from operating for exercise or non-emergency purposes on days that are classified as being of poor air quality. Relying solely on your auto-exercise settings for weekly automatic run times places you at significant risk of having your generator run on bad air quality days.

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Good air, bad air, and what it all means

Originally Published on 6/08/2015

Is the Air Clean Enough to Test Run my Emergency Generator?

By now most facility managers are well aware that test running their emergency generator on a regular schedule can be affected depending upon whether or not it is a good air day or bad. However,

  • Are you aware that bad air quality, as defined by the AQI, anywhere in the state, not just at your location, matters to you?
  • Did you know there is now an easy way to stay informed on air quality prior to test running your generator?
  • Read on to learn about EnviroFlash, an automated email alert notification system.
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Load Test vs Load Bank

Do you know the difference?

Each is an essential part of generator maintenance. Knowing the difference is key.

While weekly or monthly load tests are important in verifying whether or not your emergency power system will transfer properly during an outage, a Load Bank is critical to ensuring that the power supplied is sufficient for your building’s requirements and if the generator is in proper health to maintain it for a period of time.

Load Bank – What is it?

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Diesel Fuel: Don’t Store and Ignore

How to ensure reliable generator operation and protect your equipment

Fuel is arguably the most critical component of your emergency power system, yet likely the least maintained, as evidenced by the fact that fuel related issues are the number one reason for 95% of generator fail-to-start faults. Proper fuel maintenance is critical to ensuring your generator will perform its best when you need it the most.

Do you know what’s in your fuel storage tank?

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Prevent a Common Generator Fail-to-Start Issue

An Easy Check That Could Save Your Generator.

Just this morning we received a call from a customer whose generator was in alarm. It was discovered that the block heater had failed leaving the engine cold. Had there been a real power outage this generator likely would have failed to start. Fortunately, the problem was resolved quickly before it became a real emergency situation.

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3 Cold Weather Tips to Prevent an Emergency Service Call

Here Comes the Cold!
Winter weather is here! Whether we like it or not.

Issues related to generator performance can occur as the season’s change and the temperatures begin to fall. Here is a short list of common problems that in the past have required a call-out to our service team.

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A Creative Solution for Emergency Power

Recently our local volunteers of the Phillipsburg Emergency Squad approached us to repair a failed PTO generator on one of their response vehicles. This generator is important as it allows them to power the emergency lighting and AC equipment that is needed while on-site.

But what is a PTO generator?

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